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Accident: 202540605 - Employee Fractures Feet And Wrist In Fall In Elevator Shaft

Accident: 202540605 -- Report ID: 0950641 -- Event Date: 03/13/2009
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12619321803/13/20091541Goodyear Construction Corporation
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on March 13, 2009, Employee #1 and a coworker, plasterers, were working on a first floor corridor and were applying a color coat to the ceiling. They were working in the main corridor and were standing on scaffolding that was 3 ft off the ground supported by collapsible horse frames. Employee #1 moved the temporary platform over to a frame adjacent to the elevator shaftway so he could patch an area on the ceiling of the elevator. The elevator shaftway was protected with standard guardrails. While Employee #1 was standing on the scaffold plank, he either slipped or lost his balance and fell into the shaftway opening over the top of the standard guardrail. He fell approximately 37 ft to the basement level. The employer has in place an injury and illness prevention program, conducts regular inspections and has provided his employees training on fall protection and scaffolding use. Employee #1 was not wearing any fall protection and was not protected by guardrails at the end of the elevated work platform on the scaffold. Employee #1 suffered fractures to both feet and his left wrist and was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, guardrail, fall, fall protection, lost balance, elevator shaft, foot, scaffold, wrist
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Multi-family dwelling New project or new addition $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 4
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 126193218 Hospitalized injury Fracture Plasterers FallDist:
FallHt:27
Cause: Plastering
FatCause: Fall from/with scaffold

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